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Chhota Jivanji was born in India in 1896 and came to New Zealand in 1916. He was a founder of New Zealand’s first Indian Association in 1918. When the New Zealand Government passed the 1920 Immigration Restriction Amendment Act which prohibited the entry of Indians and other non-white British subjects to New Zealand, Chhota wrote to Prime Minister William Massey protesting the stranding of Gujarati immigrants in Fiji on their way to New Zealand, pointing out that Indians were part of the British Empire. The Government eventually allowed those who had left India before 21 November 1920 to enter New Zealand. Click Here to Read More
Charlotte Dinneen of Remuera sailed to England in 1915 with her brother Flight Lieutenant James Dinneen and recruited over 1,000 women to work in YMCA canteens in England and France during WW1. Click Here to Read More
Amelia and Charles Haszard who were second cousins married and had 5 children. When Mt Tarawera erupted on 10 June 1886, Charles and 3 of his children died when their house was buried at Te Wairoa. Amelia and 2 daughters escaped the six hour eruption.Amelia died in 1925, aged 82, and was buried at Purewa Cemetery. Click Here to Read More
Sister Elsie Cooke of Victoria Avenue, Remuera was one of the "Chosen Twelve" nurses who were sent from New Zealand to assist the Australian Imperial Force in Egypt and France. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) in 1919 for valuable services with the British Forces in Egypt. Click Here to Read More
Colin Addison Dickeson was born in Kaikohe but lived in Remuera after his father died, where he was a member of College Rifles, Remuera. He left New Zealand on 1st May 1916 and on 10 November 1916, he was transferred to the New Zealand Cyclist Corps. He survived both the Battles of Messines & Passchendaele before being killed in action on 26 April 1918 aged 30. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. Click Here to Read More
Alan (Allan) Douglas Gibb Dawson was born in Australia and came to New Zealand aged 8. He attended Auckland Grammar School and College Rifles, Remuera, while passing his solicitors' exams. He was killed at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915 while serving with the Australian Imperial Force, aged 22. Click Here to Read More
Benjamin Francis Dive was the son of William Evans Dive and Annie Dive, 23 Arney Road, Remuera. Benjamin enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces on 16 June 1916 at age 32. Benjamin was admitted to No 11 Stationary Military Hospital, Rouen, on 18 October 1918 suffering from broncho-pneumonia where sadly he fell victim to influenza and died on 25 October 1918 of the disease, aged 32. Click Here to Read More
Geoffrey de Bohun Devereux of 72 Market Road saw action at Gallipoli, the Battle of the Somme and Passchendaele. He rose to become Major, winning two Military Crosses for acts of gallantry. He was killed at Le Cateau on 1 October 1918. Click Here to Read More
Lance Corporal Karl Nilsson Davidson 10/882 was an Auckland Grammar School defence cadet from 1906-1909 and in the New Zealand Territorials for four years 1910-1914. He was a member of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club, Remuera. He was at Gallipoli from April to August 1915 but was killed in the Battle of the Somme age 22 years. Click Here to Read More
Private Graham Wakefield O’Connor 60184 of 28 Omahu Rd Remuera was the great grandson of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. He was posted to France on 14 February 1918 and suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. He spent most of his time in hospital recovering but then caught influenza and died on 9th November 1918, 2 days before the armistice. Click Here to Read More